Facebook outage hits users

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | August 01st, 2014 Social network reports having an issue affecting all of its platforms at noon ET. Facebook is reporting “increased errors” on all of its platforms as users in the U.S. report that the social network has been down since about noon ET. Users began complaining that the site…

Amazon’s four tips to make sure your cloud is secure

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By Brandon Butler, Network World | August 01st, 2014 AWS makes four Trusted Advisor features free. Amazon Web Services has a program named Trusted Advisor that provides customers with advice on the best way to use the company’s IaaS cloud services. Today, the company made four checks that Trusted Advisor performs free for all users.…

Some are twisting the facts in requests to be forgotten, Google says

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 31st, 2014 Some requests are being made with ‘false and inaccurate information,’ Google says. Some of those seeking to scrub their histories from the Web under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rule are being economical with the truth when making their requests, Google said Thursday. In a…

Attackers exploit remote access tools to compromise retail systems

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By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | July 31st, 2014 DHS warns retailers of threat to point-of-sale systems. Malicious hackers are taking advantage of commonly used enterprise remote access tools to break into retail point-of-sale (POS) systems and plant malware on them, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned Thursday. In an advisory prepared jointly with the…

HP gives OpenVMS new life

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By Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld | July 31st, 2014 A new roadmap for OpenVMS emerges from an HP agreement. Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS. Instead of pushing its users off the system, it has licensed OpenVMS to a new firm that plans to develop ports to the latest Itanium chips and is promising eventual…

PHP gets a formal specification, at last

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | July 31st, 2014 Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn’t have a formal specification — until now. The developers who oversee the language, including engineers from Facebook, are assembling a document that details how PHP should work, which sets the…

Qi wireless charging spec gets more flexibility with distance extension

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By Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | July 31st, 2014 The industry group is working to enable 2,000-watt power transfers for large appliances. The most popular wireless charging spec, Qi, which is supported by brands such as Duracell’s PowerMat and Energizer, has gotten an extension to its specification allowing it to charge devices at short distances. Various…

How to Get Started With GitHub

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By Matthew Heusser, CIO | July 31st, 2014 GitHub has been called the ‘social network for programmers.’ Here’s how to get started on the popular site for sharing and hosting code. If you’ve ever wanted to learn Git, but didn’t want to configure a server, GitHub may be the place to do it. That thought…

64-bit Google Chrome browser moves into beta

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By Mark Hachman, PC World | July 31st, 2014 A 64-bit version of Chrome inches closer to release status as Google releases it in beta form. Google’s 64-bit Chrome browser took the last step before being formally released, as Google published a 64-bit beta of the browser on Wednesday morning. If you’d like, you can…

Attackers use domino effect to compromise your accounts

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By Tony Bradley, PC World | July 31st, 2014 The two-factor authentication used to “protect” your accounts is often insecure and poses a weak link that can be exploited by attackers. Data breach after data breach has illustrated just how weak and ineffective passwords can be for protecting accounts and sensitive information. Many sites and…

Tor hints at possible U.S. government involvement in recent attack

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By Jon Gold, Network World | July 31,st 2014 Anonymity network hacked with sophisticated traffic correlation technique. Hackers attacked the infrastructure of Tor, the anonymizing service, earlier this month in an incident that may have compromised a number of hidden services, according to an announcement posted today by the Tor Project’s director, Roger Dingledine. Dingledine…

AMD’s Kaveri processors coming to smaller, cheaper desktops

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 31st, 2014 AMD’s new chips will bring console-style gaming to small desktops. Advanced Micro Devices wants to help gamers build cheaper, smaller desktops through new processors the company started shipping on Thursday AMD’s A10, A8 and A6 chips — code-named Kaveri — are targeted at small-form factor…

Vision-correcting display nixes your need for eyeglasses

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 31th, 2014 Your reading glasses will be so yesterday with UC Berkeley’s new technology. What would it be like if you didn’t need your eyeglasses to clearly see your laptop screen or a text message on your smartphone? Scientists at the University of California Berkeley are working on computer…

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

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By Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 Large-screen iPhones could pose a threat to Google’s dominance, said Strategy Analytics. Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.…

Intel’s MinnowBoard Max coming in late, commanding higher prices

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 The open-source PC board lists at $129 but will cost more from the first retailers selling it. It’s been a rough start for Intel’s MinnowBoard Max open-source computer, which has been delayed and is now pricier. The Max is like the Raspberry Pi, an open-source…

Architectural Firm Puts Giant Data Files in the Cloud

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By Bob Violino, CIO | July 30th, 2014 A global architectural firm sees big advantages in putting building design data in a cloud storage service. Perkins and Will, like many other global architectural firms, is struggling to manage ever-growing volumes of information. Data-intensive applications such as building information modeling (BIM) produce enormous files on a…

Countries don’t own their Internet domains, ICANN says

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By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 It’s fighting an effort to seize Iran’s, Syria’s and North Korea’s domains in a civil settlement, saying they aren’t property. The Internet domain name for a country doesn’t belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria…

Red Hat aims at standardization with Linux for 64-bit ARM servers

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 Red Hat wants Linux for ARM servers to avoid the fragmentation that plagued Unix in decades past. Red Hat has developed a version of the Linux operating system that can be used to test chips and associated hardware based on the ARMv8-A 64-bit architecture for…

AMD’s new 64-bit ARM board points way to x86 coexistence

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 30th, 2014 AMD’s 64-bit server development board has the company’s first ARM processors. Advanced Micro Devices is moving closer to a motherboard design that will accept both x86 and ARM chips with the shipment of its first 64-bit ARM board. The Opteron A1100-Series developer hardware is an…

Google makes Chromebox for Meetings more business-friendly

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By Mark Hachman, PC World | July 30th, 2014 Google’s improvements to its under-the-radar videoconferencing tool include SLA support and personal calendaring. In a sign that its Chromebox for Meetings videoconferencing solution is alive and well, Google unveiled a boatload of new features and capabilities, all designed at luring businesses to its Google Apps platform.…